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Code and NumberVTEC - 031

Must obtain a doctor's statement of health or provide a USCG Medical Certificate

Must be able to demonstrate physical competencies.  Students who cannot demonstrate physical competencies will be unable to pass the class.

Must be able to read and write fluently in the English Language.


The 24-hour Basic Safety Training Refresher is intended for Mariners who are renewing their credentials and lack 1 year of seatime in the past 5 years required to maintain recency of BST.  Students are required to pass all written exams and physical proficiencies required for regular Basic Safety Training classes.


Students will have one 2-hr session at the pool and will need an extra set of clothing for this portion of the class - swimsuits will not be allowed. Students will be required to don immersion suits and swim in an immersion suit. They will also right a liferaft.

During the firefighting session, students will don fire turnout gear, including a self-contained breathing apparatus and will be required to fight live fires using appropriate equipment. Students may not have any facial hair that will interfere with the seal of the SCBA.

Coast Guard Documentation

Complete information regarding USCG documentation can be found on the Coast Guard National Maritime Center website. You can also contact the USCG National Maritime Center Help Desk at 1-888-427-5662. Personnel there are very helpful and happy to answer your questions. Other useful phone numbers are below.

UAS Ketchikan Marine Transportation Office: 907.228.4568

Ketchikan USCG Marine Safety Office: 907.225.4496

Juneau USCG Regional Exam Center: 907.463.2458

Location Ketchikan Maritime Center - 600 Stedman St - Room H-101
InstructorBen Hastings
DatesOctober 11-14
Days and Times4 days: 8am - 5pm

GroupDrop-in Welding
Code and NumberVTEC - S020

Drop in time for practice projects.  Three hours per session. Contact instructor at 907-228-4571 for additional information.

LocationKetchikan Maritime Center (Hamilton Building), 600 Stedman Street, Room H-106
Fee$90 per session
InstructorKen Horne
DatesAugust 29th-December 17th
Days and TimesTo be arranged with Ken Horne

GroupFirst Aid/CPR/AED
Code and NumberVTEC - 005
DescriptionThis USCG approved class fulfills the First Aid/CPR/AED module of Basic Safety Training.  Mariners will receive a USCG certificate of completion for the course as well as an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED card.  Non mariners may take the class to receive the American Heart Association card.
LocationUAS Juneau Tech Center - 1415 Harbor Way
InstructorNeil Nickerson
DatesNovember 19, 2016
Days and Times8am - 3pm

Code and NumberVTEC - 039
Prerequisites5-day Radar Observer Course

This course is approved by the USCG. It enables students to study the course material at home via personal computer and when ready, come in and take the test.

Once the mariner has completed review of the course material, he/she can make an appointment to come in and take the test in Ketchikan by calling the Ketchikan Maritime Center at 228-4568 or emailing Neil Nickerson in Juneau at The final exam must be taken at UAS Ketchikan or UAS Juneau. It consists of a paper plot and a simulator exercise.

Please take a minute to view our simulator capabilities and specifications


Once registered for the class, students can access the online radar information material. A good book to review is: Real Time Method of Radar Plotting by Max H. Carpenter.

Coast Guard Licensing

Complete information regarding licensing can be found on the Coast Guard National Maritime Center website. You can also contact the USCG National Maritime Center Help Desk at 1-888-427-5662. Personnel there are very helpful and happy to answer your licensing questions. Other useful phone numbers are below:

LocationStudy at home and take the test at UAS KTN or UAS JNU
InstructorDale Miller (KTN) & Neil Nickerson (JNU)
DatesThis class is ongoing - students may sign up at any time.
Days and TimesE-mail instructor at to arrange a testing time in Ketchikan and in Juneau


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